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Mortification done for love

What is mortification? It is a Christian practice that brings us closer to Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the Cross for love of all men and women. Mortification means making little renunciations, whether internal or external, for love of God, in order to [...]
Tags: Conversion, Suffering, Mortification, Service, Love, God, Penance

What can I do for peace?

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, Mt 5: 1-12) How about you? What are you doing? The Lord wants his children in all the honest pathways of this earth, [...]
Tags: Charity, Understanding, Suffering, Prayer, Peace

Among the roses, kiss the Cross

On February 14, 1971, St Josemaria wrote a brief note for himself: “Among the roses, kiss the Cross.” When we feel the thorns When we Christians have a hard time of it, it is because we are not giving to this life all its divine meaning. Where [...]
Tags: February 14 , Cross, Suffering

The Cross is no easy solution

Faced with the weight of all this, a Christian can find only one genuine answer, a definitive answer: Christ on the cross, a God who suffers and dies, a God who gives us his heart opened by a lance for the love of us all. [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Holy Week , difficulties

Unconscious for over 30 minutes

This week I was taken into hospital for an emergency appendix operation. It was about six in the morning, and everything was silent in the A and E department of the private hospital in Madrid. The silence was broken by the desperate shouts of a [...]
Tags: Suffering, prayer-card, sick

Readers write

With the consent of the people who wrote them, we reproduce accounts of favours obtained through Saint Josemaría's intercession, and messages of gratitude for having learned about his holy life and teachings. If you wish to write your own account of help received etc., click [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Work, Devotion, prayer-card, family, novena

1st Sorrowful Mystery: The agony in the garden

Then Jesus came with them to a country place called Gethsemani, and he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray.” And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be saddened [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Suffering, Holy Rosary

The Seventh Sorrow: the Burial of Jesus

After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Death, Our Lady

The Sixth Sorrow: Christ’s Body is taken down from the Cross

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Jesus Christ, Death, Our Lady

The Fifth Sorrow: The Death of Jesus on the Cross

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Faithfulness, Fortitude, Our Lady